When you come in due to a toothache or other pain or discomfort, the thought may run through your mind as to whether or not there was anything you could have done to stop it from happening. Perhaps not, but in many cases preventive care will keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy, and make your visits to our East Pasadena dental office routine instead of urgent. Here at the practice of James W. Tsai, DDS, we are committed to preventive care as the first and best option.
Of course, your own prevention efforts form a solid foundation. It’s essential to maintain good nutrition, which includes reducing your sugar and starch intake. Why is that so important? It’s those foods and drinks that lead to the formation of dental plaque along your gum line, on your teeth, and between them. Dental plaque is a sticky, invisible bacterial-based film. It decays your tooth structure, leaving cavities in its wake. And it will also irritate, inflame, or even infect your gums. That’s a lot of damage for something you can’t even see. The first line of defense when it comes to addressing dental plaque is to brush your teeth when you wake up, before you go to bed, and after meals. Floss vigorously between your teeth at bedtime, too. At our East Pasadena dental office, we expect to see you every six months. This is where preventive care is solidified. A complete oral examination and x-rays reveal early signs of cavities so that they can be filled, thereby preventing them from growing larger. And a teeth cleaning will remove the built up tartar that resulted from any dental plaque that escaped your at-home oral hygiene. In addition, early signs of gum disease are reversed.
Contact our East Pasadena dental office right now and arrange your next visit for preventive care.